Access and Archive Data
for existing data or to archive new data for public access.
Documents and Updates
Data Collection and Applications
Passive acoustic data are used broadly across NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Ocean Service (NOS), and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) lines offices for a wide range of activities central to NOAA’s mission including marine mammal stock assessments, monitoring of earthquake and geological activity, and assessing impacts of anthropogenic noise on marine life.
In 2014, a one year pilot project was established to develop the framework for archiving NMFS passive acoustic data. NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center data collected using stationary recorders were used to develop the pipeline to deliver files and appropriate metadata to NCEI.
Our goal is to create an accessible national archive of passive acoustic data available to researchers and the public, and to assist NOAA in meeting their data management and accessibility requirements.
The various technologies used to study bioacoustics
Image credit: Mike Thompson, NOAA/SBNMS
Red grouper, Epinephelus morio, one of many soniferous species of fish.
Humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, in the singing position.
Credit: Dr. Louis M. Herman